Sasquatch! Tip #81: Take Advantage of Vantage: Blustery's Will Cure What Ails You

Cheeseburgers served under this sign. You don't need directions, just look for this sign as you approach the Columbia River from I-90.
For those of you heading to Sasquatch! from Seattle, Vantage--the smaller than small town tucked up against the Columbia River--is the last metropolis you'll drive through before you hit the Gorge. There are various free/pay camping spots around Vantage and just across the river, but even those of you who are tempted to simply pass through should give this town a second look. Aside from filling up on gas and Bud Light and a visit to the petrified forest, Blustery's is the best reason to apply the brakes.

Blustery's is a better-than-average burger-fries-shakes haunt that's used to serving folks who have spent the day in the sunshine/have had too much to drink, etc. God bless them, they're patient. The shakes are thick and satisfying, and the burgers hit the spot. In that part of the nowhere of the state--with respect to the good people who call Vantage home--you could be served hockey pucks on a bun (like they do at the Gorge) and go back for seconds. These guys step it up.

In addition to their burger fare, they'll be serving a breakfast buffett on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It's $8.95 and all you can eat. I've seen it--looks great--though have not tasted (long story). This weekend's hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat-Mon. Additionally, Blustery's will be hosting a classic rock cover band on Saturday night at 8 p.m. for those of you who have had your fill of the Gorge for the day.

Remember, Sasquatch! doesn't have to just be about zeitgeist bands and $27 beers. Play your cards right, and you will be rewarded with an enhanced appreciation of the state many of you call home. So sprinkle some of your big-city dollars around on your way over.

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